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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 06:15 AM
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Central Kings students wear pink to send bullies a message


Two students at Central Kings Rural High School fought back against bullying recently, unleashing a sea of pink after a new student was harassed and threatened when he showed up wearing a pink shirt.

The Grade 9 student arrived for the first day of school last Wednesday and was set upon by a group of six to 10 older students who mocked him, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up.

The next day, Grade 12 students David Shepherd and Travis Price decided something had to be done about bullying.

"Its my last year. Ive stood around too long and I wanted to do something," said David.

They used the Internet to encourage people to wear pink and bought 75 pink tank tops for male students to wear. They handed out the shirts in the lobby before class last Friday even the bullied student had one.

"I made sure there was a shirt for him," David said.

They also brought a pink basketball to school as well as pink material for headbands and arm bands. David and Travis figure about half the schools 830 students wore pink.

It was hard to miss the mass of students in pink milling about in the lobby, especially for the group that had harassed the new Grade 9 student.

"The bullies got angry," said Travis. "One guy was throwing chairs (in the cafeteria). Were glad we got the response we wanted."

David said one of the bullies angrily asked him whether he knew pink on a male was a symbol of homosexuality.

He told the bully that didnt matter to him and shouldnt to anyone.

"Something like the colour of your shirt or pants, thats ridiculous," he said.

"Our intention was to stand up for this kid so he doesnt get picked on."

Travis said the bullies "keep giving us dirty looks, but we know we have the support of the whole student body.

"Kids dont need this in their lives, worrying about what to wear to school. That should be the last thing on their minds."

When the bullied student put on his pink shirt Friday and saw all the other pink in the lobby, "he was all smiles. It was like a big weight had been lifted off is shoulder," David said. No one at the school would reveal the students name.

Travis said that growing up, he was often picked on for wearing store-brand clothes instead of designer duds.

The two friends said they didnt take the action looking for publicity, but rather to show leadership in combating what they say is frequent bullying in schools.

http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/Front/858884.html
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Sticky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 06:19 AM
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1. My kids school!!
I am SO proud of them!
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 12:33 PM
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13. Really? You should ask your kid what happened
And make a post about it here on DU.

This is a great story!
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 01:09 PM
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16. Excellent idea!
Please do that! :thumbsup:
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Sticky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 05:01 PM
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18. No one knew anything till the next day
Edited on Fri Sep-14-07 05:31 PM by Sticky
....when my girls entered the school lobby the boys



were handing out pink shirts. All shapes, styles, fabrics and sizes and the kids were just putting them on for the cause. They told me the bullies were so pissed by the show of unity they basically hung their heads. LOL

My girls didn't know the Grade 9 student but they know the boys who stepped in to help. Getting info from them is like pulling teeth - they said the students made a pact not to name the boy who was bullied.
Also, the pink shirts were passed out to boys only and they ran out soon after the school doors opened. Many of the girls went home at noon and changed into pink. I asked if anyone took a picture for the school yearbook and got and an angry reply, "It's not about that!!" Teenagers!

More details in this story here:

Pinks just fine
Students tell bully to back off with showy support
Kings County Register

A new Grade 9 student got a hard - and then great - start to his school years at Central Kings.

Wearing a pink polo-style shirt on the first day Sept. 5, he attracted the attention of bullies.

On the second day, they threatened to beat him up.

On the third day of school, Sept. 7, the student body backed the new student - in style.

I bought 50 pink T-shirts, said Grade 12 student David Shepherd. Were making a statement.

Classmates Travis Price, Chris Spencer, Nick Sullivan and John Kenneally joined in.

We went to the store before it even opened this morning to get more, Price said. The girls let us in early and were very nice.

Shepherd said, once the staff at the Cambridge Discount Centre heard what they were up to, clothes were flying.

They were digging to help us find pink shirts.
http://www.novanewsnow.com/article-136942-Pinks-just-fi...
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 05:30 PM
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19. EXCELLENT!!
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:11 PM
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20. Fanastic! Post it! On the main board!
See if you can squeeze any more of the story out of your girls.

This deserves attention!
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:57 PM
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22. That is such a great thing they did
That kid will remember this for the rest of his life. Often times the things that happen to us as kids stay with us for a really long time. I could cure cancer, marry Brad Pitt, and win a Nobel Prize but part of me will always be the kid who everyone picked on back in the day. Similarly this kid will always be the person that a group of people decided to stand up for. Those were some classy kids.
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 06:39 AM
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2. What great kids!
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 06:41 AM
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3. Wow, some very brave and smart kids. n/t
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Sticky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:01 AM
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4. Another peer pressure on CK campus
From the article:

Travis said that growing up, he was often picked on for wearing store-brand clothes instead of designer duds.

My girls and most of their friends refuse to wear designer clothing. They only buy Canadian made due to child labour practices in China, Indonesia, etc. It's becoming a fashion statement all on it's own!
Central Kings High School may be stuck out in the boonies but it is filled with kids who are sophisticated and informed about issues.
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:10 AM
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6. This is a story...
That needs to be shared with every high school around the country.

These kids are my new heroes.
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:06 AM
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5. Man, I am truly impressed. Good work, guys.
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Freedomofspeech Donating Member (622 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:37 AM
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7. That story made my day...
their parents have to be so proud of them. I hope the teachers wore pink, too.
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shenmue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:50 AM
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8. Bravo!
Nice kids! :patriot:
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:59 AM
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9. K&R
:yourock:
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Irishonly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 12:15 PM
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10. K&R
Great kids. I am damn proud of them.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 12:22 PM
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11. I love these kids! Out of their own pockets and they organized on the Net too. Awesome! K & R nt
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 12:31 PM
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12. That is very cool.
This is the kind of think we should see more of if society is really moving more towards equality. :)
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triakis36 Donating Member (180 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 12:36 PM
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14. Wow!
These kids are an inspiration. Ingenious!
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 12:42 PM
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15. What are they trying to do ??? Make me love Canada more?
(not sure that would be possible)
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 02:32 PM
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17. How very cool!
What a terrific idea.
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bliss_eternal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:22 PM
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21. So awesome...!
:applause:

Way to go, kids--there's hope for the future, yet!
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 03:12 AM
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23. K,R and Frikkin' Awesome. :)
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Jella Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 05:16 AM
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24. for all the crap I read
daily about homophobia, this one will stick out for a long time. I can't think of a time when I've felt so encouraged by a story. True leadership in taking a stand.

Thanks for the link.
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Not Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 11:39 AM
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25. Think for a moment how the bullied boy must have felt
to have that kind of support. It was a significant emotional event in his life, perhaps one that will sustain him for years. Thanks to all these kind students for standing up.
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 12:28 PM
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26. I know that kid must have been on cloud nine
That defined class for them to do what they did. As much as I would love to hear the kids perspective I am so glad they are refusing to name who it was. They have learned the most important lesson of humanity at a quite young age. How we treat those who are the weakest among us is how we are judged. They get an A.
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Sticky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:44 PM
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27. The Legend Grows - New story today
Edited on Sat Sep-15-07 01:47 PM by Sticky
Pink shirts legend grows
Valley students anti-bullying success reaches CBS, Spanish newspaper
By IAN FAIRCLOUGH Valley Bureau | 5:02 AM


CAMBRIDGE STATION The story of two Nova Scotia boys who got more than 400 schoolmates to wear pink to support a bullied younger student has swept across North America and made its way to Europe.

Travis Price and David Shepherd, Grade 12 boys who organized a drive to back a new Grade 9 student who was harassed for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school last week, have been deluged with e-mails and interview requests from near and far.

Their story was first published Thursday, and now the tale has reached well beyond the confines of their school, Central Kings Rural High.

CBS in New York came calling Friday, and the largest daily newspaper in Spain is picking up the story.

"Ive talked more in the past couple of days than I have in my whole life," Travis said.

Accolades continue to pour in. The story has hit Internet blogs and discussion groups across the continent and e-mails have come in from many parts of the U.S. as well as from Bermuda, Norway and Switzerland.

While Travis and David appreciate the recognition, "we dont want to move the focus from the situation onto us," said David, who is leaning toward joining the RCMP after high school.

"People say, Youre celebrities, youll go down in the history books of the school, but thats not what we set out to do."
snip

Because of the boys efforts, half of the schools 830 students wore pink on a day of support for the bullied boy, whose name has not been released for privacy reasons.

http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/Front/859436.html
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